Monday, August 20, 2007

Inzamam Joins Indian Cricket League

Inzamam, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Farhat, Mohmmad Yousuf Join Indian Cricket League !
Out of Pakistan cricket team.

MUMBAI/KARACHI, August 20: The Indian Cricket League on Monday received a shot in the arm with four Pakistani Tests players joining the multi-million dollar venture but failed to woo any current Indian Test cricketer in its initial list of 51 players. The Essel Group's ICL, which has already signed batting great Brian Lara as its first major catch, today added the names of former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and prolific middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf besides all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and left-handed batsman Imran Farhat. The decision to join the breakaway league was almost certain to end the career of the four Pakistani cricketers with their Board saying that they will not be considered for future selection in the national team. Also joining the rebel league, were South Africans Nicky Boje, who has refused to visit India with his country's official team twice earlier because of apprehensions that he will be questioned by the Delhi police over his alleged role in the match-fixing scandal, and Lance Klusener. The names of the 51 cricketers was announced by the Essel Group at a crowded press conference in Mumbai, just a day before the Cricket Board's Special Annual General Body Meeting to take a decision on the ICL. Dinesh Mongia, Deep Dasgupta, the axed Bengal Test stumper, his team-mate Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Punjab's ODI discard Reetinder Singh Sodhi and ex-internationals Thiru Kumaran of Tamil Nadu and Jai Prakash Yadav of Railways were among the 44 Indian first-class players to align with the ICL

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